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Ernakulam Kerala

Kerala’s prime travel destination Kochi has been geographically distributed into modern Ernakulam (east), Mattancherry (old district) and Fort Cochin (west). The island city of Kochi has been a major centre of trade; the city even today has the imprints of the ancient mariners who traveled here from as far as Arabia, China, Britain, Holland and Portugal. Whether you are looking for heritage, culture or some wonderful sightseeing options, Ernakulam satiates the travel needs of all. Though Agust-March is the ideal time to travel to Ernakulam Kerala, tourists and holidaymakers keep flocking to the town throughout the year. A visit to Ernakulam (Kochi) provides travelers with an opportunity to gain an insight into the maritime history of Kerala.

Activities to Do in Ernakulam
The finest way to discover the hidden jewels of the town of Ernakulam is by taking a leisurely walk through Kochi. After the entry of colonial traders in Kochi, it became the first ever European township in India. Knowing how a tiny fishing hamlet turned into a colonial town would surely add much to your travel experience.

Reach the Willingdon Island in the Malabar region. The island remains surrounded by a number of scenic backwaters. During you holidays in Ernakulam, you can start on an island cruise or a backwater ride to experience the natural abundance of the region.

Participate in the gala event of Indira Gandhi Boat Race along the Kochi backwaters in Kerala. The boat race is held every year in the month of December as a part of the tourism fair held at Kochi.

If you are arriving in Ernakulam around January, one more festive occasion awaits you – Kanjiramattom Festival. The festival is organized at the Kanjiramattom Mosque, located at a distance of just 25 kms from Ernakulam.

In and Around
Just a day or two are not enough to fully enjoy your holiday in and around Ernakulam. The very first spot to begin sightseeing around Ernakulam is from Fort Kochi, which feature excellent Indo European architectural landmarks. While you are on the Malabar Coast in Kochi, Chinese Fishing Nets would catch your eye instantly. These exclusive fishing nets were introduced in Kochi by traders from Kublai Khan’s court. St Francis Church is Kochi (or Cochin) happens to be the most ancient European church to be constructed in India. Constructed by the Portuguese in the 16th century, the Mattancherry Palace (also referred to as Dutch Palace) is also a major draw for travelers in Kochi. Other popular tourist attractions in Ernakulam include the Jewish Synagogue (constructed in 1568) and the Bolghatty Palace at Bolghatty Island.

Where to Stay
Popular hotels in Ernakulam include Choice Sea Side Hotel, Centaur Tourist Home, Kamala International, Kavitha Tourish Home, Grand Hotel, Omars Inn, Yatri Nivas (KTDC), Bharat Hotel, Casino Hotel, Dwaraka Hotel and Ganam Hotel among others.

Ernakulam Air / Rail / Road Links
Fly to Karipur International Airport (Kozhikode/ 93 km) and undertake a road drive further to reach Ernakulam. Kannur Railway station links Ernakulam to major cities in Kerala. Road connectivity is also quite good. Regular ferry services are available to hop between islands.